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Movement Disorders

Screening and Tests for Movement Disorders

Screening for movement disorders may vary depending on the specific condition, but generally speaking, a family history, physical exam, and blood tests and imaging tests such as CT scans and MRIs will be conducted. Blood tests for movement disorders may include a complete blood count, creatine kinase test and DNA analysis, as well as, in some cases, a cerebrospinal fluid analysis. CT scans, MRIs and PET scans can be used to detect damage in the basal ganglia, structural abnormalities and stroke, while electromyograms and electroencephalograms can be used to detect muscle and nerve disorders. Muscle biopsies may also be employed to distinguish between nerve and muscle disorders. 

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